Couple who mysteriously disappears after night out on the town in 2005 are still missing

Richard Petrone, 34, from Philadelphia and Danielle Imbo, 34, from Mount Laurel, New Jersey went out together on February 19, 2005.  They went to a few bars in Philadelphia’s South Street.  They were last seen leaving a bar called Abilene’s near 5th and South streets at 11:45 p.m. and have never been seen again.  There were surveillance video’s but not one that was pointing in the right direction to let the police know if Richard and Danielle went left or right after walking out of the bar.

“Imbo had recently called things off with her former husband, who has never been deemed a suspect in the incident, but has never been ruled out either, since he had harsh words with Petrone, days before they went missing.  Petrone was a single parent raising a child of his own,” reported

The authorities also considered that the couple may have had an accident.  They searched an area they considered would be the most common route for them to take from South Street to Mount Laurel.  They reviewed video from toll booths, and searched the Delaware river but found nothing.

But in 2015, the police stated that through information and tips they had received that they believe the couple met with foul play, and are calling it a  murder-for-hire” situation and two or more people were likely involved in their disappearance, reports  The FBI has not divulge what led them to this conclusion.

The FBI is offering a $50,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the disappearance of Danielle Imbo and Richard Petrone.

The FBI has stated:

Danielle Imbo may also use the name Danielle Ottobre. She has a tattoo of owers on her lower back. Imbo was last seen wearing a dark-colored jacket, cream-colored sweater, and blue jeans. She wears three small silver rings on either her left or right middle finger. Imbo was carrying a two-handle black purse at the time of her disappearance. She has worked as a loan mortgage processor.


Petrone’s vehicle, a 2001 black over silver Dodge Dakota pickup truck with Pennsylvania license plates YFH 2319, is also missing. There may be a NASCAR sticker in the rear window.

If you have any information concerning this person, please contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.


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Jerrie Dean, who is retired from Federal Law Enforcement, is the Founder of Missing Persons of America.

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